Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project Launched in Takoradi


The deputy minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah (MP) has launched a three-year project to be implemented in the twin-cities of Sekondi-Takoradi and Palermo Municipality in Ital dubbed, ‘Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project’ funded by the European Union (EU). The Mayor of Palermo, Loeluca Orlando and the other international partners of the project join the colorful event which was held at the Best Western Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi through virtual.
The Hon Deputy Minister in his address commended the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and the Team that worked on the proposal for the three (3) million Euros to implement the interventions aimed to promote sustainable and integrated urban development in the Twin-City of Sekondi-Takoradi. He expressed the ministry’s confidence in STMA to implement the project citing the Assembly’s enviable record in the successful implementation of infrastructure and urban interventions under the former Ghana Urban Management Pilot Programme (GUMPP).

The Minister lauded the project’s proposed activities which he said would contribute to addressing urban-agriculture, promote popular participation and eco-tourism between the two sister cities. He further underscored the importance of the cultural aspect of the project to positively impacts on the local economy through marketing of the annual masqueraders’ arnival which makes Sekondi-Takoradi the number one destination during the Christmas period.


In his welcome address, the Western Regional Minister (MP for Takoradi) and Ag. Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah indicated that every intervention to be delivered under the project is expected to help achieve the Assembly’s medium-term plan overall focus of building a prosperous society, creating equal opportunities for wealth creation, safeguarding the natural environment, and ensuring a resilient built environment. Hon. Darko-Mensah further noted that the project is expected to help address the challenges of urban sprawl, climate change, unemployment and preparedness to battle infectious disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. He further acknowledged the enormous benefits to be derived by the teeming unemployed youth, vulnerable, deprived, and marginalized groups from the project.
Other dignitaries who addressed the occasion were the Head of Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur; the honorary Consulate of the Republic of Ghana in Palermo, Francesco Campagna; Councillor of Culture for Palermo Municipality, Mario Zito; President of CISS/South-South International Cooperation, Sergio Cipolla; Viviana Corso from Ghana Sicily Business Forum and Alexander Osei Minkah, President of Ghana Association in Sicily.
The function was chaired by Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area. Nana on his part noted that a lot will be built from the Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project.

He projected the Western Region especially Sekondi-Takoradi to soon become the tourism center of Ghana with the implementation of the project. “There cannot be a community without a philosophy of communism, that is what create community and in coming together for this sister-city relationship is something after my heart”, Nana stated.
The well attended event had representatives from stakeholders across the Metropolis including Traditional Rulers, Assembly Members, CBOs, NGOs, People Living Disability, Vegetable Growers Association, Journalists, Fisherfolks and Market Women. The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly and its sister-city Palermo, in collaboration with their partners (Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS), Ghana Sicily Business Forum and Kumasi Technical University) are benefitting from the Three Million Euros (€3,000,000.00) grant from the European Union, which was approved in October 2021. The project will implement interventions meant to improve urban management, foster transnational cooperation, enhance socio-economic development through employment generation and raise the value of the cultural heritage of both Sekondi-Takoradi& Palermo. The three (3) year project will span from 2022 – 2025 with European Union and STMA contributing 95% and 5% respectively